When Dustin Lance Black won the Best Original Screenplay Oscar in 2009 for Milk, his career exploded. He’d already written on HBO’s Big Love but now Clint Eastwood wanted him for J. Edgar, he lined up a bunch of upcoming projects and even got to direct a screenplay of his own. That film, originally called What’s Wrong With Virginia?, played the Toronto Film Festival in 2010. It was not received well.
The film tells the story of Virginia, a confused, sick mother (Jennifer Connelly), whose questionable actions have an adverse effect on her son (Harrison Gilbertson), the town Sheriff turned Senatorial candidate (Ed Harris) and others too, played by Emma Roberts, Toby Jones, Yeardley Smith, Amy Madigan and others.
Lance Black went back to the drawing board with the film, re-writing and re-editing and finally on May 18, the newly titled Virginia will be released. Watch the trailer after the jump. Read More »
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Posted on Monday, April 16th, 2012 by Angie Han
Update from Editor Peter Sciretta: We have been told that there is no truth to this rumor. Original story follows.
The last time we saw Jennifer Connelly in a Darren Aronofsky movie, she was curled up in the fetal position after having hit rock bottom at the end of 2000’s Requiem for a Dream. But in real life, of course, that movie had a much happier conclusion, with Connelly drawing raves for her fearless performance. Now Connelly and Aronofsky may be headed back to work together a second time, for his upcoming Biblical epic Noah. The project would also reunite her with Russell Crowe, who starred with her in 2001’s A Beautiful Mind.
Meanwhile, the project also appears to be reaching out to the younger generation, as Saoirse Ronan (Hanna) is reportedly being eyed for a supporting role. More details after the jump.
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Posted on Wednesday, March 7th, 2012 by Angie Han
I don’t know how she’s doing it, but Kristen Bell‘s been booking roles almost faster than we can write them up this week. Hot on the heels of news that she’d been cast in Disney’s Frozen and the Neil LaBute adaptation Some Girls, Bell has also landed a part in the dramedy Writers. Recent additions to the film also include Logan Lerman (The Three Musketeers), Nat Wolff (The Naked Brothers Band), Liana Liberato (Trust), and Lily Collins (Mirror, Mirror) joining previously cast stars Greg Kinnear and Jennifer Connelly.
Written and directed by Josh Boone, Writers follows the dysfunctional Borgens family: successful novelist dad Bill (Kinnear), his ex-wife (Connelly), their college-aged daughter (Collins), and teenage son (Wolff). Lerman will play a fellow student pursuing the daughter, while Liberato will play the son’s first love. Bell is lined up for the part of Tricia, who, as Bill’s friend-with-benefits, helps him get over his ex. Shooting on Writers begins next week in North Carolina. [Deadline]
After the jump, Leslie Mann is the mother of thieves.
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Posted on Friday, January 27th, 2012 by Angie Han
It was just a few days ago that Demi Moore dropped out of the porn biopic Lovelace after being hospitalized for “exhaustion,” but it looks like filmmakers Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman may be close to finding their replacement already. Us Weekly reports that Weeds star Mary Louise Parker is being considered as a possibility to step in for Moore, who was previously set for a small part as feminist icon Gloria Steinem.
If the report proves true — and if Parker accepts — she’ll be joining a sprawling cast that includes Peter Sarsgaard, Hank Azaria, Adam Brody, Bobby Cannavale, Chris Noth, Sharon Stone, Juno Temple, Debi Mazar, Wes Bentley, Romeo Brown, Robert Patrick, Eric Roberts, and Chloë Sevigny, with Amanda Seyfried starring as Deep Throat star Linda Lovelace. Shooting on the project is currently underway in Los Angeles, though no release date has been announced at this time. Parker will next appear in the comic book adaptation R.I.P.D. opposite Ryan Reynolds and Jeff Bridges. [via Moviefone]
Update: Actually, it turns out that Sarah Jessica Parker will take the Gloria Steinem role. Perhaps US Weekly got a couple wires crossed; the names are close enough.
After the jump, things get complicated between Greg Kinnear and Jennifer Connelly.
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When Joe Johnston‘s Captain America: The First Avenger landed this summer and turned into a reasonable hit, one hope held by comic fans was that Johnston’s 1991 adaptation of Dave Stevens‘ ’30s-set comic The Rocketeer would finally be given a Blu-ray release.
The Disney film was a flop in the summer of ’91 but has earned a cult following thanks to Johnston’s lively use of ’30s action/adventure serial style and the simple appeal of a mechanic who becomes a sort of hero when a jetpack falls into his possession.
Disney talked about a sequel before the film flopped, and Johnston says he still wants to make another film featuring the characters. A sequel isn’t likely to happen if no one knows about the original film, however. The lackluster DVD release Disney once gave The Rocketeer hasn’t done anything to earn the film new fans. But in December the movie will hit Blu-ray, giving people a chance to get a good look at the movie that was among the first wave of modern comic book adaptations. Read More »
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Salvation Boulevard is a film that found distribution at Sundance likely thanks to a high-power cast, because the reviews were middling and occasionally dismal. The roster for this comedy that skewers personality run amok and the power of fringe religious organizations is pretty serious: Pierce Brosnan, Ed Harris, Jim Gaffigan, Marisa Tomei and Jennifer Connelly.
Reading reviews, which largely took the film to task for being unfunny, I wasn’t certain what to expect from the film. But a trailer is out in the wild now, and it makes clear that a lot of manic energy went into this movie. It also suggests that despite the wild mugging of actors who are usually more controlled (Jennifer Connelly, for example) the picture might be more noise and fury than anything else. (Which is to say, it might just be crap.) Too bad, because the cast has so much promise. Check out the trailer after the break. Read More »
Pictured above: Sexual predator.
Last week I took a shot at dissecting the allegorical significance of Sucker Punch, in which a troubled girl fights to take back control of her sexuality at the hands of depraved men everywhere, and does so through elaborate song-and-dance action sequences. Where others seemed to get wrapped up in the potentially disconcerting message that the literal text was selling, I sought to examine what the subtext had intended to sell. And it’s with a similar goal in mind that I’ll now be ruining Labyrinth for you forever.
[Editor’s Note: This interpretation of the film is strictly that, and does not necessarily reflect the intended vision of the creator.] Read More »
“Ladies and gentlemen, electric cars… are gay. I mean, not ‘homosexual’ gay, but, you know, ‘my parents are chaperoning the dance’ gay.”
Offensive, or just offensively unfunny?
The former, according to GLAAD, and the latter, according to me. This is the line that opens the first trailer for Ron Howard‘s upcoming comedy The Dilemma, and it’s caused some controversy amongst those trying to fight against the use of the word ‘gay’ as an openly accepted pejorative. (The new trailer, meanwhile, can be found after the break.) Read More »
Universal has released a movie trailer for Ron Howard‘s new comedy The Dilemma, which stars Vince Vaughn as a guy who discovers that the wife (Winona Ryder) of his best friend (Kevin James) is cheating on him (with a guy played by Channing Tatum) and is unsure how he should break the news. And, to clear up confusion, The Dilemma was once called What You Don’t Know, and Cheaters before that. Jennifer Connelly also plays the girlfriend of Vaughn’s character. The comedy is written by Allan Loeb, the screenwriter of 21, Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps and The Switch. Looks a bit too generic for my tastes. Watch the trailer now embedded after the jump. Leave your thoughts in the comments below.
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